ASCLS Today is the membership newsletter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

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OUR DIVERSITY IS SHOWING

Jennifer Bushnell, MEd, MLS(ASCP)CM Diversity is often interpreted as a complex web of issues involving individuals who differ in ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and many other types of attributes. Although some individuals may never agree upon certain topics or belief systems, an open mind and willingness to respect such differences can…

BIOINFORMATICS: THE BRAIN OF THE CLINICAL LABORATORY

Wael Hassan, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM Anytime informatics is mentioned in the laboratory environment, laboratorians think about the Laboratory Information System (LIS) and relate the word to IT and technical support that is beyond the laboratory scope of business. Although informatics is related to the laboratory information system, the word encompasses a lot more. Informatics is the…

CONSUMER INFORMATION RESPONSE TEAM

MEETING THE NEEDS OF PATIENTS, HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, AND THE PUBLIC Susan Leclair, PhD, Consumer Information Response Team Chair Knowledge is power. Patients who understand their laboratory results are more likely to participate in their healthcare from a position of knowledge. The Consumer Information (CI) Response Team is a group of ASCLS members who provide this…

ASCLS: WHAT IT DOES AND WHY BE A MEMBER?

Pat Tille, PhD, MT(ASCP), FACSc Health insurance costs are rising. Reimbursement rates are falling. Clinical laboratories are facing critical workforce shortages. There is no time like the present to remember what ASCLS does and why it’s important to be a member. Advocacy: ASCLS is our voice when there are professional challenges and opportunities to move…

ASCLS MEMBER INACTIVITY OBSERVATIONS

Maddie Josephs, MLS(ASCP)CM, Region I Director Last year, the ASCLS Board of Directors assembled the Root Cause Task Force to determine the cause of the “lack of leadership—either in experience or volunteers—that leads to vacancies or recycling of individuals.” The charge to the committee did not include an expectation for resolution of this issue. Rather,…

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

At the Annual Meeting in June 2019, ASCLS delegates will choose from the candidates who have volunteered to serve in leadership positions for the coming year. This is one of the many benefits and responsibilities of belonging to a grassroots organization: being able to both VOTE FOR, and BE CONSIDERED AS A CANDIDATE FOR, these…

THE SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY

Susan Stalewski, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM Members will often indicate that they would like to be more active and involved in the organization. ASCLS Scientific Assemblies are excellent vehicles for member involvement and connection with ASCLS on a state and national level. Scientific Assembly participation is foundational to the grassroots philosophy of ASCLS and supportive of the…

LEADERSHIP, FRIENDSHIP, AND FAMILY—ASCLS GEORGIA

Ally Storla, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Georgia President Elect ASCLS Georgia is a unique state society that enjoys strong bonds from longtime members who provide their expertise and leadership experience before passing the torch to the Ascending Professionals. ASCLS Georgia has annually provided the medical laboratory students of Georgia with review sessions in the spring to assist…

TEAMWORK: HOW TO MAKE YOUR GREATEST CONTRIBUTION

Janelle M. Chiasera, PhD, Region III Director The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a recommendation to move healthcare institutions toward becoming high reliability organizations (HROs). An HRO is defined as an organization whose clients can count on the organization to perform as it has advertised. The industries first to embrace the HRO concepts were those…